Klagenfurt lay in ruins in 1518, when it became the provincial capital, so most of what you see today was build in the 16th Century or later. The city is located precisely between the Karavanke mountain range and Lake Wörthersee. The capital of Carinthia in the Klagenfurt basin stretches around 450 meters above sea level and lies at the intersection of the three major European cultural circles, Romanesque, Slavic and Germanic. Italy and Slovenia can be reached in 45 and 30 minutes, respectively.
Facts in a Nutshell
- Just over 100,000 inhabitants
- The largest city in Carinthia, sixth largest in Austria
- The area around 120 square kilometres
- The highest point is Ulrichsberg at approx. 1020 meter
- Cycle network of 130 kilometres
Klagenfurt is the southernmost state capital of Austria, the historical, economic, and cultural heart of the federal state of Carinthia and a vital centre in the Alps-Adriatic region.
The focus of the economy is on trade and tourism, small and medium-sized enterprises. In recent years, the city has developed into a centre of excellence for information technology. Klagenfurt has invested in promising high-tech competence with the renowned university’s computer science institute, the university of applied sciences “Information and Telematics” and medical technology, many excellent companies in the IT sector, and the lakeside software park.
Beautiful Old Town
There is a perfect symbiosis between modern and old in Lindwurmstadt. One of the most beautiful old towns in Austria (awarded three times with the Europa Nostra diploma) was renovated with a lot of empathy and over 50 arcade courtyards made accessible to the public.
Today, modern boutiques, in-bars, and rustic guest gardens are housed in the historical passages and courtyards. The cityscape is complemented by modern architecture, which underlines the development of the city into a vibrant centre. In addition, Klagenfurt is also a safe city with a high recreational value in a healthy, green environment.
The Europapark covers around 22 hectares, is one of the largest parks in Austria and a popular recreational area for people of all ages.
The “local mountain” of Klagenfurt is 517 meters high and a popular local recreation area.
The Strandbad Klagenfurt is one of the largest lake pools in Europe. Extensive lawns with many old trees, three long bathing bridges, a large raft for sports, games and fun, a large slide, places for a beach volleyball, separate nudist sunbathing, and a great sandy beach for the smallest swimmers offer the best infrastructure.
Cycling, jogging, walking
For two-wheel fans, Klagenfurt offers a 120 km well-maintained and safe cycle route network. There are also popular areas for runners, walkers, and cyclists along the Sattnitz and Glanfurt rivers. There are also many barbecues along the way that can be used for a picnic with the family.
A lake trip on Lake Wörthersee is fun, beautiful, romantic, or nostalgic – just as you want it to be. The well-equipped ships of the Wörthersee-Schiffahrt operate as liner ships and offer both tours and themed trips.